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2012-02-01

CONFERENCE ON SHARING SACRED SPACE DEC 2011

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON SHARING SACRED SPACE: LEGAL, THEOLOGICAL, AND SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES

On December 14-15, 2011 in Rome the Interdisciplinary Conference on Sharing Sacred Space has taken place.

    The purpose of the conference has been to discuss the philosophy and theology of sacred space in the Abrahamic religions: panels of distinguished philosophers and theologians have discussed the issue of sharing sacred space. This religious question has many practical consequences. If it is the case that is what is a sacred place to me is "defiled" by you (the ‘other') entering upon it, we need to know this. If there are situations where under religious law sacred space can be shared we need to know that as well. While the conference has explored examples of "popular religion" and space-sharing the focus has been on theology, philosophy, and law.

    The conference has been quite innovative since - in the past -  there has been little, if any, academic discussion of sharing sacred space from a religious and particularly religious law perspective. What there has been has been sociological or anthropological only.

While there have been  some papers on sacred space in Europe (Balkans) and India the bulk of the practical examples have focused on sacred space in the holy land.

    The conference has been cosponsored by the Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.; the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University; the International Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Foundation (IFIIE) and the John Paul II Institute at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.

 

 

 



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